Putin Orders Russian Troops Out of Syria

Michaela Whitton
March 14, 2016  

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the military to withdraw the main part of their forces from Syria, claiming they have largely achieved their goals. Although he did not elaborate on what those “goals’’ were, at a meeting at the Kremlin on Monday, Putin said the pullout would begin on Tuesday. He has instructed Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to boost the nation’s role in the peace process.

“The task that was set before our defence ministry and armed forces has as a whole been completed and so I order the defence ministry to from tomorrow start the withdrawal of the main part of our military contingents from the Syrian Arab Republic,” Putin told Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in televised comments, which came amid fresh peace talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the conflict.

Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its entry into the Syrian civil war is said to have tipped the balance in favour of the Syrian government, allowing it to recapture territory from rebels. According to Putin, the Russian air base, as well as a naval base, will continue operations as normal — meaning the withdrawal of troops is not really a pull out after all.

With many around the world wondering what happened to defeating ISIS, as well as what — if anything — Russia will contribute towards rebuilding Syria’s destroyed cities and shattered lives, Syria’s opposition promises the revolution will continue until the regime ends. They claim President Bashar al-Assad must leave power — dead or alive — if Geneva’s peace talks to end five years of civil war are to succeed.

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